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USCIS announces Fee Increase

On July 30th, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published its new, fee schedule for immigration applications. The new fee schedule goes into effect on October 2nd, 2020. Applications filed before October 2nd, follow the old/ current fee schedule.  While a few types of filing fees are going down (such as the filing for a […]

Government Response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, USCIS has announced that seeking medical assistance for preventative care or medical assistance will not negatively impact an applicant’s public charge analysis. If you feel sick, please take care of yourself and go seek medical treatment as necessary. For further information please see: https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge. If you live in Washington DC, please […]

COVID-19 Update from the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

In response to the recommendations to engage in “social distancing,” effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) will be closed to the public.  The APALRC will also be suspending our in-person walk-in intake hours at our office in downtown DC and at our community-based partner agencies in the District […]

Public Charge Update

After a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 27, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security will soon be able to implement their new rule relating to the “public charge” ground of inadmissibility. DHS announced that the rule will go into effect on Monday, February 24, 2020.  **Adjustment of Status (green card) applications postmarked before […]